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Compare and choose from our collection of Winchester B&Bs and boutique hotels. Options range from small independent hotels in Winchester to family-run guest houses, where you will be looked after by the owner. In all cases, you will have a comfy bed, breakfast will be prepared for you, and you will be given help and advice on travel and local visitor attractions. This is an affordable and often more characterful alternative to staying in a larger hotel in Winchester.

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Winchester Visitor information

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An Introduction to Winchester

Winchester is a heritage destination with many attractions and architecture. This culturally rich medieval city is also the former capital city of England.

Things to do in Winchester

Winchester holds a range of festivals and boasts an array of independent shops, boutiques and art galleries. Historical attractions include the 900 year old Winchester Cathedral, the legendary Arthurian Round Table, Wolvesley Castle and the Westgate at the top of Winchester's High Street, a fortified medieval gateway with prisoners' graffiti still on the walls. There is also a wealth of military museums including the Gurkha Museum, Horsepower: The Museum of the King's Royal Hussars and the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum.

Travelling to Winchester

By Road

Winchester is located off Junctions 9 and 10 of the M3. It is also accessible via the A34 from Newbury and Oxford.

By Rail

Winchester is just under an hour by direct train from Waterloo and is easily and quickly accessible from the many other destinations

By Sea

Winchester is a 40 minute drive from Portsmouth's ferry port.

By Air

Winchester is very close to Southampton Airport. London Heathrow is 50 miles away and London Gatwick 72 miles away.

By Coach and Bus

There are regular coach services from London, Heathrow and Oxford with National Express. Stagecoach operate the local bus services.

History 

Winchester History

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Winchester began as a Roman town in 70 AD and was made a regional capital. At the beginning of the 3rd century Winchester was the 5th largest town in Roman Britain. Winchester declined in the 4th century and was abandoned. Late in the 9th century Alfred the Great revived the old Roman town. There was also a Royal Palace in Winchester, probably built in the early 10th century which William the Conqueror rebuilt at twice the size of the old Saxon palace.

Between 1135 and 1154 there was civil war in England between Stephen and Matilda. In 1141 a battle was fought in Winchester, which became known as the rout of Winchester. More trouble followed in 1264 when there was civil war between the king and his barons led by Simon De Monfort.  Winchester declined during the 12th and 13th centuries and in the mid 13th century the royal mint was moved from Winchester to London.

During the civil war that started in 1642 Winchester changed hands several times. In 1651 Cromwell's men destroyed Winchester castle to prevent it ever falling into royalist hands again.

During the 18th century much of Winchester was rebuilt and in 1939 hundreds of schoolchildren from Portsmouth and Southampton were evacuated to Winchester.

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